Young defender and former Sochalian Willy Kambwala, who is only 19 years old, took his first professional steps for Manchester United this Saturday on the 18th day of the Premier League. Despite the RedDevils’ defeat, the youngster was not without value.
That was on Willy Kambwala, who made his Red Devils debut at West Ham on Saturday. At the age of 19, this Kinshasa native has risen through the ranks of FC Sochaux-Montbéliard to one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Manchester United as a dream
Before joining the famous English club three years ago, Kambwala perfected his skills at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard training centre, where he was considered one of the strongest prospects despite his young age. Although his move to Manchester United for a total of 4 million euros was a heavy blow for the Doubist club, it was a dream come true for the young defender.
He suffered a broken foot during the trip to Manchester, keeping him out of action for almost a year. However, this difficult process did not discourage him and this Saturday, he became the 248th player to play for the first team at Manchester United Academy.
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A complete defender with the trust of his coach
Raphaël Varane’s absence opened the door for Kambwala to make his first start, and despite Manchester United losing 2-0, the young defender showed impressive maturity. Red Devils’ coach Erik ten Hag justified his confidence in this match by emphasizing his calmness and excellent performance.
Faced with the absence of a central defender, Kambwala took to his role superbly, completing 89% of his passes and making three recoveries in 84 minutes of playing time. A successful debut points to a promising future for this young French talent.